I’ve been wanting to write a blog post about my running gear for a long time and finally, today is the day. In this blog post, I will share my running essentials when it comes to clothes, technology, and safety gadgets I bring/use on my runs. I really hope you find this kind of blog post helpful and without further ado, let’s get started.
Clothes are the most important thing when it comes to the right running gear. Let me tell you more about the right pair of running shoes, socks, leggings, and how to layer for colder weather.
Shoes & Socks
Owning the right pair of running shoes is an essential part of your running gear and I would highly recommend getting advice from a professional / running shop. Before the pandemic hit I did a running analysis in a running shop which was very helpful. I know that’s not a possibility at the moment but I would highly recommend doing a lot of research to find your perfect shoe that fits well and feels comfortable.
My running shoes:
Besides shoes, choosing the right socks is important too. Blisters are hurtful and could become the reason why you need to take a break from running. I would recommend choosing running socks that are breathable and high enough to not rub your ankles.
LEGGINGS & SPORTS BRA
My favorite leggings:
Lululemon Align Leggings (I know they are not specifically made for running but I love them so much. So comfortable and they look so good!)
Choosing the right sports bra is so important. It has to be tight enough to keep your chest secure. Moreover, it prevents back and breast pain which is something we don’t want to have to deal with, am I right?
Fyi, I don’t have big boobs, so the sports bras I recommend might not necessarly work for your body type.
My favorite sports bras:
Lululemon Align Tanktop (My favorite tanktop/sport bra to wear in the summer time. It looks so good and feels so comfortable.)
Layer, layer, layer
Layering is the way to keep you dry and warm in colder weather. If you get too warm, simply strip down, tie unneeded layers around your waist as your body warms up. Layering can be quite tricky but as long as you stick to the basic rules, you should be fine.
The first layer should be light, soft, and keep you dry. Cotton is not the perfect material as it’s not moisture-wicking. Merino wool or other synthetic fabrics, like polyester and nylon, are perfect as they resist water. Pick a long-sleeve if it’s really cold.
The second layer can be a long sleeve (fleece) or a jacket with insulation which will keep you warm and cozy.
For the last and third layer choose something that is windproof, waterproof, and breathable. Personally, I love wearing vests as they keep me super warm and don’t restrict my movements in anyways.
Cold weather add-ons
- Headband: I am a big fan of wearing running headbands. They are super thin and soft and perfect to protect you from the cold and wind.
- Neck Gaiter: Especially when it’s really cold, I like to cover my mouth and nose with a cloth as breathing in cold air can be quite uncomfortable. A neck gaiter is perfect as it can cover your mouth and nose and warms your neck.
- Running gloves: I got my first running gloves this winter and love them. They keep my hands warm and are tech compatible.
- Extra pants: Running tights can be very thin. When it’s really cold I like to layer two leggings or thicker shorts to prevent Cystitis.
…listening to music and tracking my runs, two of my favorite things.
- Nike Run Club App: Best running app out there, in my opinion. I love tracking my runs and see my progress. They also have guided runs which are really great, especially the Headspace runs.
- AirPods: Wireless headphones are great for running as you don’t have to deal with tangled cables. I really like my AirPods – they stay in my ear, are comfortable, easy-to-use and portable enough to take around.
- Spotify: I love listening to a motivating playlist or podcast while running. Very motivating!
Better safe than sorry
It’s so important to feel safe when going for runs. Therefore, I never go when it’s dark and never choose a remote route, so that in case something happens, people are around and can hear me. Additionally, here are some things that help me to worry less and feel more confident when running alone:
- Pocket alarm: In case of an emergency situation the loud alarm in combination with the LED light draws attention to the situation and might scare the attacker.
- Share your location: I feel a lot saver if I know another person is aware of my location and can check if I came home safe. You can use a tracking app or share your location through WhatsApp for example.
- Identity: Always a good idea to bring your identity.
Extra Knick-Knacks for your running gear
- Mask. Obviously.
- A little bit of money in case I need to take the bus back or want something to drink or whatever.
- Tissues, especially when it’s cold outside.
I really hope you found this blog post helpful. What are your favorite running essentials? Any recommendations?
Have a lovely rest of your week, Franziska
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